Facility Managers Conference and Show Friday, October 26th
At Sandia Resort and Casino
The only trade show in New Mexico specifically for facility managers, building engineers, and propertyowners and managers to visit motivated suppliers with access to the latest technologies and products to make running your building cost-effective and effortless.
I am honored to announce the addition of a new member to the Board of Directors of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico. John Dufay is the Executive Director of Maintenance and Support Operations for Albuquerque Public Schools which is the 31st largest public school district in the nation. APS contains the largest collection of public buildings in New Mexico with over 2,100 buildings comprised of 15 million plus square feet.
I have personally worked with John for over 15 years as supplier partner, one of the 70-plus that he and his staff rely on daily to assure that the students do not miss even one day of school because of some facility related issue. "We do whatever it takes, whenever it is needed, and our supporting supplier partners are on the same page with us. Teamwork is the key," he asserts.
The Board of Directors welcomes John's vast experience, insightfulness, and fresh perspective to our organization!
Are you also ready to step and serve? We are always willing to audition new talent for the Board. Contact Carolee to take your first step towards consideration.
Help Plan the 2019 FMANM Programs
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Are you a facility manager who is seeking specific information on solar technologies, energy management, or some other new building service? Or, are you a supplier who would to take the stage to get your innovative product or service in front of New Mexico's facility managers?
In an effort to make the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico's programs relevant to both its facility manager and supplier members, we are inviting YOU to submit ideas to the FMANM program planning committee.
Decide now what you would like to hear about, or what product or service you would like to have considered. Write a few lines but please help us. Let us know what you want to hear about and why it is important in your life in facilities.
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Bathrooms are a Big Deal:
The Future of Flush Explored in August
Members and guests of the Facility Manager Association of New Mexico gathered in August to hear architect and industry expert Peter Rehm, an associate with RMKM Architecture, detail the innovations which are shaking up the perceptions of the bathroom experience in all types of facilities. With over 24 years of experience in project management, design, construction documentation and administration, Peter has worked on a diverse range of public building types. His passion for a clean modern design aesthetic is tempered by a firm understanding of pragmatic concerns and regional sensibilities.
Four major bullet points where discussed. "First, touchless fixtures are trending. They are hygienic and aesthetically pleasing," he said. "From auto-flushing toilet fixtures to soap dispensers to hand dryers, this is the future." In terms of economics, auto-flush toilets have reduced water use from 1.2 gallons down to .07, a huge savings in resources. "Waterless urinals qualify for LEED points," he explained. "And hand dryers vs. paper towels is a more desirable energy trade-off."
Next, on to the topic of sustainable materials. "Zero grout lines like porcelain offers, vs. ceramic tiles, reduce the opportunity for bacterial contamination. Porcelain holds up substantially better. Plus you get a solid surface, again more aesthetically pleasing." He also advocated for ceiling hung partitions which eliminate bacteria in crevices.
How about indoor air quality? Exhaust fans are critical when they provide appropriate negative pressure. New technology is available to keep odors from backing up through floor drains. "During design and construction, have cleanouts near stack bases to avoid odors. Plan ahead to have these located in an accessible area," he explained.
Last—and probably most important—plan ahead. New gear is easier to maintain but you must consider wall construction when building or remodeling to accommodate electrical power considerations for the new fixtures. "Again, consider aesthetics. Use lighting and mirrors to create space, and provide hooks and shelves to hold stuff!" he added in closing.